South Africa’s policing needs to be reviewed in an effort to arrest the high levels of crime.
Conflict resolution analyst, Geoffrey Mamputa suggests a shift is needed from traditional policing, the practice where people are arrested if a crime occurs.
He believes a community centred policing is the route to go. It is where police work with the community encouraging locals to keep an eye and blow the whistle on criminal activity.
It comes as police struggle to clampdown on the circulation of guns. Cape Town has again been the scene of deadly shootings.
Mamputa says criminal gangs are getting bigger, recruiting young people, and are expanding their footprint out of metros. He adds in the new areas’ guns are available which means there must be a source.
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